Twelve seasons in, RuPaul’s Drag Race has become firmly entrenched in TV’s mainstream. The series has been nominated for dozens of Emmy awards, inspired multiple spin-offs and international versions, and boosted the careers of hundreds of alumni. Drag Race queens have headlined shows on YouTube, Viceland, and Netflix, and HBO is the latest network to get in on the action with We’re Here. The hour-long reality series follows three popular Drag Race stars, Shangela Laquifa Wadley, Bob The Drag Queen, and Eureka O’Hara, as they head to small towns across America to interact with locals and put on drag shows.
We’re Here follows a familiar format. Shangela, Bob, and Eureka roll into town, meet up with a handful of locals they’ll be mentoring, and set to work putting on a one-night-only drag show featuring their new drag daughters. Their mentees run the gamut: Queer artists, straight allies, and repentant former homophobes take to the stage, each for their own reasons. Some have always been curious about drag, some are looking for validation in their community, and others are just excited to put themselves out there and try something new. Emotions come bubbling to the surface as the locals work with their drag mothers and Shangela, Bob, and Eureka each do an excellent job of connecting with their charges. They’re seasoned drag performers, but they’re also reality stars, and they know how to find and sit comfortably in moments of vulnerability.